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Letters From A Devastated Artist (10)

“At the heart of pornography is sexuality haunted by its own disappearance” – Jean Baudrillard Dear Porn, Where do I draw the line between you and art? How do I know the difference? You are so subtle and enticing…confusing. You don’t care if I’m male or female. You just want my body. You don’t give […]

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“I got rhythm, I got music…Who could ask for anything more?” – George & Ira Gershwin Dear Rhythm, You’d think of all people I would get you. I’m a musician, an artist. 1, 2, 3, 4, 1, 2, 3, 4…but oh no, I seem called to march to the beat of a different drum. An […]

Letters From A Devastated Artist (8)

“Life’s a banquet and most poor suckers are starving to death!” – Auntie Mame Dear Life, You really suck sometimes. But then again, yesterday, as I experienced the Easter celebration, you seemed less sucky and even somewhat hopeful and vibrant.  To the artist in me, Easter represents an extraordinary banquet of magic, wonder, incarnation, love, […]

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“Why do you stay in prison when the door is so wide open? – Jalal ad-Din Rumi Dear Depression, It’s five o’clock somewhere, isn’t it? And when you don’t have anywhere to turn, then dammit, bring on the medicine. I suppose I’m just tired, but then again I’m too numb to feel tired. I feel […]

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“There’s no doubt about it, show business lures the people who didn’t get enough love, attention, or approval early in life and have grown up to become bottomless, gaping vessels of terrifying, abject need. Please laugh.” – Dennis Miller Dear Approval, Oh how I long for you. Your words are like honey on my tongue. […]

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“Clearly the person who accepts a pastor or priest as an infallible guide will believe whatever they teach.” – a paraphrase of St. Thomas Aquinas Dear Pastor, For misunderstanding artists and using them for your own ambition, historically and unfortunately, you are the most culpable. From the Pope’s mistreatment of the artistic genius Michelangelo, the […]

Letters From A Devastated Artist (4)

“Clearly the person who accepts the church as an infallible guide will believe whatever the church teaches” – St. Thomas Aquinas Dear Church, You have not loved me well. In fact, throughout our time together, I’ve felt used and abused. You use my talents to get people in the seats, but then you twist and […]

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“The true artist sees through friends, prayers, doubts and wine.” -Randy Elrod Dear Friends, To Sam, thanks so much for opening my eyes, albeit in a raw and shocking way, to the birds and the bees. By pulling out your penis in the back of the school bus in sixth grade and showing it to […]

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“Thank goodness I was never sent to school; it would have rubbed off some of the originality” -Beatrix Potter Dear Teacher, Why does our school reward mediocrity? Teacher, do you even know what that word means? By the way, I learned that word and many more at home at the age of six from a […]